Schleck pulled out of the race after the crash, which came about halfway through the race.
“The crash happened in the front of the peloton. At first, I thought I would be able to avoid hitting the asphalt, but riders came sliding in from behind and took me down. I immediately felt a harsh pain in my right hand and had to abandon the race.”
A first scan of the right hand showed that it was not broken, but heavily bruised. Because Schleck’s left knee started swelling as well, another MRI-scan on Tuesday was needed. This scan showed a contusion of the knee, with a lot of fluid around the ligaments, according to the team.
Schleck will not be competing in the post-Worlds races in Italy he was scheduled to ride.